The Sea Life series has been arranged in groups of similar animals or plants, each group containing about five items. This limit has been chosen in an attempt to help divers identify similar creatures, without causing the brain to go into overload. It may be helpful to print the appropriate page and take it with you to assist writing up your log. If you are just starting on the Wellington dive scene then it would be practical to become familiar with the 'High Five' and 'Five More' groups first.
Of the fish reference books I have, there is one which stands out from the crowd. It is Malcolm Francis's Coastal Fishes of New Zealand - A Diver's Identification Guide. (ISBN 0 7900 0013 x) It is published by Heinemann Reed and is available from Bennett's Book Shop on Lambton Quay. It has good fish descriptions and the best colour prints I have seen in a fish identification guide. I use the Mobil New Zealand Nature Series Seashore Life by R.K. Dell, published by Reed Books (ISBN 0 7900 01519) for my non-fish references. If you buy a reference book, I recommend you take it with you when you go diving and consult it while you have your cuppa' afterwards.
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